Christopher Hitchens Diagnosed With Cancer

I should honestly not be blogging right now but this required my attention. I have some bad news for those who like having an intellectually engaging political climate. Christopher Hitchens has been diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus. From Michael J. Totten:


Christopher Hitchens has been diagnosed with cancer. According to the Washington Post, he has been “advised by my physician that I must undergo a course of chemotherapy on my esophagus. This advice seems persuasive to me.”

Some thought he published his new book Hitch-22: A Memoir a bit prematurely. I hope they’re right.

Get better, Christopher.

From getting literally beat up by thugs in Beirut after pulling down a nationalist poster to traveling to the worst troublespots of the world, Hitchens put his words to reality in a way that has set him distinctly apart from other writers and pundits. While I’m not an atheist, I distinctly appreciate the message of God is not Great, which took to task the corruption and perverse history of organized faith. From taking on the pedophilia of the Catholic Church to the oppression of Islam, Hitchens wasn’t afraid to critique those who are often taken to be untouchable.

I’m hoping that he pulls through. Without him, the discourse in this country (and globally) is going to get even dumber than it already is.

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  • Al Wayswright

    That you deleted a factual comment reveals much about your own mind disorder, Michael O. Powell.

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  • Faust

    I have a lot of respect for Hitchens, particularly for his political/historical work.

    I wish him a quick recovery – and hope he finds God before it’s too late.

  • Michael Powell

    Al, I’ll easily put it out there that Hitchens is my favorite contemporary writers. I’m not going to censor any of your comments but I would really like it if this comment thread about a man fighting a disease didn’t turn into a posting board for homophobia and religious psychosis.

    Faust – Thanks for the comments.

  • Michael Powell

    Al – If religion were only about life after death and a meaning for our existence, there would be no reason to criticize it. It’s because of the nastiness, hate and tendency towards demonizing people you know nothing about that organized religion receives such hostility.